Hornets lose shoot-out
The Rossville boys’ basketball team’s two-game winning streak ended Friday night in a high-scoring contest at Class 3A’s Western.
Both teams averaged more than 20 points per quarter and shot better than 50 percent from the field in a game that almost reached triple digits for both teams. However, in the end, the home team, Western, made enough plays and free throws down the stretch to defeat Rossville 93-85.
Western started the game with a slight lead after one quarter, 22-18, but Rossville cut its deficit in half before halftime. Western led 42-40 at the break. Rossville shot 59 percent from the field in the first half, making 13-of-22 shots, including 4-of-9 three-pointers and in addition to 10-of-12 free throws. Western scored nearly half of its points behind the arc as it made 6-of-12 threes and all six of its foul shots. The Panthers shot 54 percent from the field in the first half.
Rossville continued its shooting in the second half and even improved its shooting behind the arc as it made 6-of-12 threes. However, Western scored made a living at the foul line as it outscored the Hornets by three in each of the final two quarters. Western made 21-of-28 free throws to lock up the victory, while Rossville sank 19-of-23 free throws the entire game.
Four Hornets scored in double figures Friday. Brandon Tonsoni led the team with 29 points off of 9-of-14 shooting, including 6-of-10 from behind the arc. Austin Miller and ET Brenneman each added 22 and 19 points, respectively, for the Hornets. Clayton Howard also scored in double figures with 11 points.
Rossville’s home game last Saturday was postponed because of impending weather. The Hornets are scheduled to play host to Clinton Prairie on Friday night.